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This post was edited by pnp at 2016-7-5 18:30

Many Chinese, especially those of the younger generation, are ashamed of their Chinese names, and when they have learned their ABC, they change their names to Western ones.  That is a puzzle to many foreigners.
Chinese parents go to great lengths to choose a name for their children; they consult the almanac and ensure that all the essential elements of earth, fire and water are in the names, because they want the best for their children,  but little do their know that their children would discard their Chinese names.  It's unfotunate, as Chinese names are meaningful and represent their parents' hopes and expectations for them.  Western names are common and simple and devoid of meaning.  There are many Peters, Pauls and Marys, but there is only one Tu You You; that's how unique Chinese names are and they should be cherished as a link to their ancient civilization.
It's bad enough for the Chinese to discard their names, but even worse for them to discard their family or ancestral names the moment they marry foreigners.  To many Chinese girls a foreign boyfriend, especially one of Caucasian origin, is a prize catch, a trophy to take home and show off to family and friends.  Once they tie the knots they would drop their ancestral names and adopt their foreign husbands'; so Ivy Wang woud become Ivy Johnson-Smith overnight.  They think nothing of severing their only link to their ancestors, and they are very proud of that too, strutting around in their Western names.  
Incidentally, not many Asians do that, certainly not the Indians and the Pakistanis.  Could it be that the Chinese are suffering from inferiority complex?
The Chinese are confusing modernization, a good thing, with Westernization, not always a good thing!  They should pause for a moment, sip a cup of Chinese tea, and ask themselves if their want to be a satellite of the West.

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Post time 2016-7-1 15:02:12 |Display all floors

What is Western names?

Is there Eastern names too?

What about Asia names? American names?

The successful future of the children its not about the names given, its about the quality of education they can get from home and schools. Simple as that.
Denial, according the psychoanalysts, is one of the most primary mechanisms of defense. It consists in the attitude of denying or minimizing obvious facts of reality with which the individual can´t  cope or whose irresponsibility is unable to meet.

And I agree.

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Post time 2016-7-1 15:11:08 |Display all floors
I don't know where the OP got the idea that Chinese prefer "Western" names.
Excluding Chinese women married to foreigners, almost 100% of Chinese citizens use their Chinese names on Chinese passports, ID cards, hukuo, birth certifcates, etc.
That fact that there are Chinese married to foreigners who adopt "Western" names does not mean anything.
Western women also adopt the surnames of their husbands upon marriage so do other non-Western women.

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This post was edited by pnp at 2016-7-8 18:10
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I don't know where the OP got the idea that Chinese prefer "Western" names.
Excluding Chinese women  ...

They can't change those official ones but socially, most would introduce themselves with Western names instead of their Chinese names, and they want their friends to address them by their Western names.  That's what I mean.  I always insist that they introduce themselves to me with their Chinese names.

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pnp Post time: 2016-7-1 16:24
They can't change those official ones but socially, most would introduce themselves with Western n ...

You mean they want to impress their foreign friends with their fake "Western" names?
That happens because they think foreigners can't read, write or speak Chinese.
Chinese businessmen who deal with foreigners do that all the time.
They'll have their business cards printed with both their Chinese and fake "Western" names.

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Post time 2016-7-1 17:56:33 |Display all floors
Noted that it is the same for people coming from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore.

In the West actually the idea of being proud of one's name is that its easy to tell whether people respect you or not. Nordics and Germans don't have names that are super easy to remember but if you value their friendship, the expect you to remember. But Asians, in particular East Asia like Chinese mentioned here lack self-respect that's why they aren't proud of their names. They have always feared that people won't remember and think of them. Worst still, you will be "amazed" with some of the names they have chosen!

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